Asynchronous Instruction

Pre-Record Your Lectures: If you are not comfortable presenting live, another good option is to pre-record any lecture material and upload it to Blackboard or Canvas. We recommend that you pre-record lectures using KalturaCapture, as this will generate automatic closed-caption needed for accessibility reasons.

Pedagogical Best Practice Recommendations

  • Keep videos short and lively.
  • It is often harder to focus on a video than on a person!
  • The ideal maximum length for educational videos is 6-9 minutes. As videos go longer, student engagement decreases.
  • Each chunk can be separately recorded, uploaded, and placed in a sequence in Blackboard or Canvas.
  • To make sure that you have good sound quality. Consider using a headset with an external microphone to capture better audio.
  • Consider ADA compliance. Automatic closed-captioning is not perfect. Speak clearly and not too quickly to make the content as accurate as possible.
  • Carefully prepare a script or outline to minimizes redundant and extraneous information.

Kaltura Lecture Capture with Blackboard

Lecture Capture with Canvas

Another Option: Skip the Video

(Leverage additional LMS asynchronous tools for instruction)

Many online courses do not have an array of multiple lecture videos. If you are not sure you have the right equipment and are uncomfortable with the tech setup, this might be a good option, at least for the short-term.

Pedagogical Best Practice Recommendations

  • Annotate your slideshow with notes and share this with students using Blackboard or Canvas.
  • Set up a discussion for students in the Learning Management System (LMS). Use specific, structured questions, and let students know expectations for their responses.
  • Share links to outside resources. Encourage students to watch videos, read articles, etc.
  • Use Chat to have a live, text-based chat session with students.